The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures

Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
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Antique Japanese Bell-Shaped Sake Cup

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Stoneware: Pre 1900: Item # 1450553

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A fine Kyo-yaki sake cup in the shape of a bell dated Year of the Dragon of the Ansei era (1856). This is a type of bottomless sake cup. It has no foot, so is not meant to be put down, but constantly refilled and likely, for the time, passed from hand to hand, dipped in a haisen basin between drinkers. Both the bell and the box appear to be signed Totei. I have found no concrete information on this artist, but to say it seems there was an artist by that name in the 19th century who fired a kiln at Daigoji temple, and it was referred to as Daigoji-yaki. It is 4.5 cm diameter, in excellent condition enclosed in the original signed wooden box.